Category Archives: Reviews

Relaxed cooking on a budget: Save with Jamie

I’ve collected a few Jamie Oliver titles over the years; none of them get used very much. Jamie’s Kitchen horrified me with its egg-laden Baileys and Banana Bread and Butter Pudding. Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals and 30-Minute Meals demanded too much multitasking for me to really stuck … Continue reading

Posted in Clever Cooks, Glut(tony), Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Localism’s the new black: Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener

Gardening books are either aspirational or educational. With its brightly coloured pages and photos, Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener comes across as aspirational but unlike other aspirational gardening books, striking architectural plants and stunning aspects do not feature. Instead, The Thrifty Gardener’s aesthetics lean … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening on a Budget, Gen DIY-er, Going Green, Reviews, Second-hand Scavengers | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Ahead of its time: The DIY Wedding

There’s something contradictory about a generic instruction manual espousing ‘celebrat[ing]…your day your way’. Nevertheless, props must be given to a DIY wedding how-to that was published ahead of its time in 2007, before the global financial meltdown turned thrifster DIY … Continue reading

Posted in Gen DIY-er, Reviews, Thriftster weddings | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s make it personal: Offbeat Bride (2nd edition)

Most how-tos read like recipes, deconstructing the Heston’s Feast that is a wedding into the main ingredients, dumbing it down for homely brides-to-be who just want to recreate a traditional dish. Catherine Yarnovich Risling’s Pretty Weddings for Practically Pennies is … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Thriftster weddings | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Subverting Cosmo: The Savvy Girls’ Money Book (1st edition)

The Savvy Girls’ Money Book by Emily Chantiri offers financial self-help for the likes of Carrie Bradshaw, the kind of ‘girl who thought she could never get her head around money issues’. Such girls are expected to able to get their heads around Cosmopolitan, however. Chapters from … Continue reading

Posted in Money Matters, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments